For Immediate Release
Library an Essential Part of 2020 Census
Fredericksburg, Virginia, February 14, 2020 - Central Rappahannock Regional Library (CRRL) has partnered with the U.S. Census Bureau to make support of the 2020 Census a key priority for the library, particularly March-April, when every household in America will r eceive a postcard with instructions for taking the Census online or by phone in several languages. With public libraries the nation's largest provider of free computer access, CRRL expects a surge of customers to visit branches to complete the Census, and staff will be standing by to assist as needed.
Civic Lab events in March will present information about the 2020 Census and its importance to the community, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau.
On Wednesday, April 1, most branches will host Census Day Celebrations--family-friendly activities and help with filling out the Census.
A complete list of CRRL’s activities and services in support of the 2020 census, answers to common census questions, and library resources that provide access to census data can be found at
American Library Association Census Grant Awarded to Just 59 Libraries Nationwide
CRRL was recently named a recipient of ALA’s  Census Equity Fund mini-grant. This $2000 grant will be used to bolster services to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census. Only 59 libraries out of 500 nationwide applicants received the award.
“The 2020 Census will determine how political representation and critical resources are distributed for the next ten years, and libraries are essential partners in making sure the data collected as part of the Census is complete and accurate. The efforts of these 59 libraries will shine a light on all the library workers across the country who are shouldering efforts to reach and inform their communities—especially vulnerable and hard-to-count populations—about the importance of a full and inclusive count.”
ALA President Wanda Brown
Contact: 
Sean Bonney
Community Engagement Manager
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